Liberation From Tithing: FREEDOM, Not a Fad
website criticizes believers for getting all excited about a “new fad” that’s going around: “Christians
don’t have to tithe!” What’s so new about that? Christian liberty
was not considered a passing fad in Paul’s day, it was considered one of the foundational principles of the New Covenant. In the Book of Galatians Liberty in Christ was viewed by Paul as an endangered species
under threat from “Judaisers” who tried to pervert (distort) the Gospel with legalism. Whenever some preacher says “That’s binding on you” it should set off alarm bells because
if you’re BOUND by anything, that means you aren’t walking in liberty because some man won’t allow it. What would Paul’s attitude be toward those who burden God’s people with
tithing or any other “binding” doctrine Paul never taught the church?
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
VERSE 7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.*
* * “Pervert” as used here comes from the Greek word “metastrepho”,
which means to “transform into something of an opposite character”. Certain
false brethren had crept into the church to try to change the Gospel into something the polar opposite of what it actually
was! The “Judaisers” wanted Gentile Christians to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses. They wanted to take the grace out of the Gospel of Grace and transform it into a gospel of works.
VERSE 8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.
VERSE 9: As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye
have received, let him be accursed (cut off from Christ and condemned to hell).
Unless there is ANY solid evidence Paul explicitly taught tithing, preachers risk God’s wrath by burdening
His people with it. The apostles who convened in Jerusalem did NOT bind the Law of Moses or any part of it
on the disciples (Acts 15:24-29). Obviously, the apostles did not require tithing or even recommend it as a voluntary act! Tithing is a work of the Law, and to impose it upon God’s redeemed people is
to impose “another gospel” (a mixture of Law and grace) on them. Paul
pronounced a terrible curse on such preachers.
VERSE 10: For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to
please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.*
* *Brethren, we can either “submit” to men and their false traditions or we can submit only to Christ and to the
true Word of God. We can’t be both men-pleasers and God-pleasers. Even
if we tithe to “keep the peace”, it’s a peace won at the expense of truth.
People who take the Mark of the Beast during the Tribulation will also follow the crowd in order to avoid upsetting
those in power. Bad doctrine must never be given legitimacy by what we do.
Tithing teachers appeal to Matt.23:23 as proof text that tithing is still required, although in that verse,
Jesus was addressing corrupt Jewish Pharisees who still lived under the dispensation of Law (the period before Christ’s
crucifixion cancelled out the Old Covenant). Jesus okayed the Pharisee’s tithing of mint, anise and cumin, but NOT ONCE
did Jesus ever command His disciples to tithe! They couldn’t have owed
any tithes anyway, since only agricultural produce was tithable. The disciples
were always on the go. They weren’t farmers. They didn’t even have time to grow alfalfa sprouts for their barley bagels! Jesus never asked Peter
to tithe on his smelly sardines. Just bring the preacher a can of tuna if he thinks Peter was required to tithe on fish (he
wasn’t). If you’ll read Matt.23:23 more closely, you’ll see that Jesus classifies tithing as being a “matter of the law”, not a part of the New Covenant of grace!
Heb.8:13: In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
Now that which decayeth and waxeth (grows) old is ready to vanish away.* * *This word “decay” reminds me
of a corpse fit only to be buried. Which reminds me of this passage:
Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that
know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
VERSE 2: For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but
if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
VERSE 3: So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress:
but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
VERSE 4: Wherefore, my brethren, YE ALSO ARE BECOME DEAD TO THE LAW by the body of Christ; that ye should
be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
VERSE 5: For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members
to bring forth fruit unto death.
VERSE 6: BUT NOW WE ARE DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve
in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
The Old Law is dead and buried. We aren’t married to the
dead Law. Instead we are spiritually joined to Christ (I Cor.6:17). Many preachers
are determined to marry the Bride of Christ to the Law once again, even if it means getting out that old shovel of condemnation
and digging that law back up themselves. Any preacher who tries to reimpose any
part of the dead Law back on the Church is a Frankenstein ghoul who salvages parts from a corpse and places dead flesh between
Christ and His Bride. That is a terrible spiritual sin being committed against
the Body of Christ today! Lust for illicit tithe money is only a small part of
what is making God mad. This abomination has gone on for most of the Church Age,
and the fullness of His glory has been veiled from the Church and the world as a result.
God’s very Throne Room within the believer has been held under siege
by money-hungry preachers. God’s close fellowship with His Church is being
torpedoed by tithe teachers! Not only is Jesus unjustly being painted as a panhandler always begging for money, preachers
are making His own people scared to approach Him because they can’t afford the prices at the meat market called the
If we were to go back 2,000 years, I doubt we’d find the apostles dunning Christians for ten per cent
of their wages! There is no record of any such abomination being taught in the
New Testament, and not even in the Old! Some sites criticize Christians for LOUDLY
proclaiming that believers are not obligated to tithe on their overstretched paychecks.
Christians are making a joyful noise about being set free from the preacher’s favorite Law. Now is that so bad? Who wouldn’t rejoice at such great news? Christians have just discovered that
God is good, and He isn’t the hard taskmaster profiteering preachers paint Him to be.
It really hacks modern Pharisees off that God’s people are rejoicing in their liberty. They say it’s because Christians are greedy and don’t want to give to God anyway. But true Christians have ALREADY surrendered themselves to God. God
ALREADY owns us and everything we have (I Cor.6:19). It isn’t just about
being able to keep more money to meet family expenses. The truth sets God’s
people free on the inside, where it counts (John 8:32). Knowing the truth liberates the spirit and allows the kind, loving
nature of our Heavenly Father to shine, to His everlasting glory.
The church has been lied to for way too long. God can’t
honor lies or endorse them with rewards. You can’t fool God with un-Biblical doctrines anymore than you can fool a good
pawnbroker with a fake diamond. Did preachers really think that God’s people would forever be fooled and remain content
to stay cooped up in their cages of bondage? Even an animal knows when it’s
been set free! Any dog locked up in a kennel for 1500 years will jump for joy and make a joyful bark when it’s finally
let out of its prison. If it’s so wrong to make a little noise about being
set free by Christ, then why is it okay to yell at football games?
Let’s put the shoe on the other foot now. Who’s been yelling and screaming at US to turn loose
of our filthy lucre ever since Christ got commercialized by christendom? Why is it okay for the preacher to yell religious curses at Christians for non-tithing but Christians have to keep their voices down when they
discover preachers have had their hand in the cookie jar since the dawn of the Dark Ages? Does
that string of degrees on the wall entitle a professional preacher to holler for dollars and tell everybody else to zip their
lip? Isn’t the Holy Spirit just as good a Teacher as that cemet…I mean, seminary, your local tithe-collector went
Really, now, if you caught somebody pinching your wallet out of your back pocket, you wouldn’t give
a hoot if the thief was the Grand Poohbah of Purdue or just a poor wino from the park.
You’d get hoppin’ mad and show no respect of persons about it! Regardless of his place in society, wouldn’t
that thief want you to keep the revelation of his sneaky theft under your hat? Even if the pickpocket wore a black satin clerical
robe it wouldn’t whitewash his crime! Fishers
for funds count on your reverent silence (or was that “submission”)? All this noise about being set free from
tithing is Christ’s collective voice shouting “Stop, thief!”
Tithe teachers raise a ruckus about how YOU have to pay tithes. But
who’s got the right to TAKE them? Do “pulpit ministers” have that right? When you pay taxes to the government,
your employer doesn’t withhold the money and send it in to just any Tom, Dick or Harriet that happens along. Only an official tax agent is duly authorized to take taxes
out of your paycheck. If some bright guy impersonated an IRS agent to take gullible
tax payers to the cleaners, he’d end up in the slammer till the Final Judgment.
If you think every living soul, even welfare recipients down to their last food stamp, must “tithe”, then
at least investigate the credentials of the “representative of God” collecting your tithe. Is your preacher a descendant of the priestly Tribe of Levi? Perhaps he IS….IF his last name is Levi,
Levine, Cohan or Cohen (“cohen” means “priests” in Hebrew).
Only the sons of LEVI received an exclusive license from God to take tithes ACCORDING
TO THE LAW (Heb.7:5)! It doesn’t say the sons of Box Car Willie are commanded
by God to take tithes under Grace! If your local tithe collector isn’t
a direct descendant of Aaron the High Priest, then that preacher is collecting tithes without God’s authorization and you don’t owe him one red
cent! And even if he whips out a valid genealogical chart and PROVES he’s descended from Moses’ brother Aaron,
ask him why he’s more interested in your Federal Mint Lettuce than the tomatoes out in your backyard.
Stone-walling away the truth, ignoring the central theme of Galatians (freedom from the Law), and accusing
God’s people of “not loving Jesus enough to tithe” won’t wash with God. Such tactics of psychological warfare don’t change God’s mind about what applies under the New
Covenant and what is now obsolete. The real truth is: Such a preacher doesn’t love YOU enough to let you enjoy your
liberty in Christ. And he doesn’t love Jesus enough to stop using Him as
an ATM machine!
We’re supposed to follow Jesus’ example. Is it un-Christlike
to yell about the tithing hoax, after so many centuries of “pew people” being robbed in the Name of God? Did Jesus softly whisper at the buyers and the sellers when He drove them out of the
Temple with a homemade whip? NO! He said something like: “Get this junk out of here! You’re
turning My Father’s House into a thieves’ market!”
God hasn’t kept His people in religious and financial bondage for most of the Church Age. The clergy of Christendom did that! The church got infected
with strange doctrines only a couple of centuries after the death of the last apostle. In the fourth century A.D. Emperor Constantine allegedly found Christ. To
popularize Christianity with the masses and unify his vast empire under one religious banner, Constantine imported many pagan customs into the church, such as the use of images, incense,
ceremonies, etc. The church has never completely recovered. Even Martin Luther
wasn’t too keen on restoring the priesthood of all believers. Luther was more in favor of an unscriptural clergy-laity church structure.
The “ordained” clergy does most of the “ministry”
while the “laity” lays asleep in the pews. No wonder God’s power was manifested more greatly during the
Apostolic Age than it is now! The majority of Christ’s Body on earth is
paralyzed from lack of exercise! Most don’t even peep a protest about the
weekly shakedown called the tithe.
Two Catholic Church councils held in 567 and 585 A.D. made monetary tithing compulsory on pain of excommunication.
Protestants think Martin Luther liberated them from Catholicism, but Luther didn’t go far enough. Luther opposed tithing,
but the central doctrine of the priesthood of all believers took a back pew to a few privileged characters who collect the
cream every Sunday. Bits and pieces of pagan practices and ideas from the Law of Moses have crept into church doctrine, creating
spiritual unrest among believers. Hands hanging onto error cannot grasp
God’s real truth.
That webmaster said we’re gloating. Rather, there is a deep joy in the spirit which has been set free.
Legalists are very inconsistent. Ever since the dawn of the Jesus Revolution God’s people have been taught choruses
about Christ setting them free, and how they’re a chosen generation and a Royal Priesthood. Some churches even did “victory marches” to celebrate the fact we’re “king’s
kids”. Preachers liked that. UNTIL God’s kids began to figure out
what it meant to be part of God’s Royal Priesthood. Even under the Old
Covenant, the Priesthood did not tithe. When Temple tax agents
approached Peter for tax money which the Old Law commanded all males over twenty to pay (see Ex.38:26) Jesus complied because
He lived under the Law (see Gal.4:4) and didn’t want to offend the collectors.
But afterward Jesus explained to Peter that children of the King are supposed to be free of having to pay tribute to
their own kingdom (Matt.17:25-26). Now all of a sudden, preachers aren’t quite so keen on sharing their priesthood with
all believers like it says to in I Peter 2:5 and 9. You might be God’s
own child, but you allegedly OWE an ongoing debt of ten per cent of your paycheck to His first-class kids! Despite the fact
Romans 13:8 teaches us to “owe no man ANYTHING (including money) but to love one another. If monetary tithing were a
valid doctrine, you would perpetually be in debt to the preacher for a good chunk of every forthcoming paycheck or welfare
check for the rest of your life. That isn’t Christian liberty, that’s bondage.
Slaves mustn’t ever be happy, and as long as you stay in your place you get no flak from the pulpit.
Whenever some legalistic preacher sees a “pew saint” smiling, he’s thinking: Something’s up here! Brother Bubba is indulging in some secret sin that’s either illegal, immoral,
or fattening! Tithe tyrants can’t STAND to see God’s people rejoicing
in the liberty of the Spirit! The name of the game is CONTROL! Seizing control
of the church from Christ is a manifestation of the Antichrist (“instead of Christ”) spirit at work among God’s
people. Legalistic preachers make it clear that there’s only ONE Big Chief in THEIR church, and all the Indians out
in the pews must bring their tribute to his teepee!
Unable to appeal to ANY written Biblical command to tithe on money, or any command to tithe on anything at
all after the Cross, the website appealed to poor people’s “duty” to
tithe by citing the example of Mary and Joseph, who presented two pigeons to the Temple.
Now, that’s desperate! Who’s to say Mary and Joseph didn’t just catch those pigeons in the park instead
of buying them from the bums Jesus chased out of the Temple (John 2:13-16)? Mary had just had a baby, and offering two pigeons
was part of her purification ritual (Lev.12:6-8). Is that preacher gonna tell
me that Mary could have brought in ten per cent of Joseph’s carpentry income instead of the pigeons to get purified
from postpartum bleeding? What about women who get “sick their flowers”
(or was that hay fever)? Should they pay paper pigeons to the preacher (Lev.16:28-29)? Just
think of it, preach. All those PMS mood-swingers who drop out of church for a
week (Lev.16:19-33) every single month are a gold mine! So are the new moms who return to church after their six-weeks’ checkup.
Rejoice, brother! There’s money in the rock-a-bye baby for you!
though, NOWHERE does it state poor Joseph had to shell out ten per cent of his carpentry earnings to the priests. Poor carpenters
paid the half-shekel Temple tax along with all other Jewish
men, but unless they grew a bit of grub on the side, they didn’t owe any
tithes. Tithe collectors appeal to “spiritual laws” magically spun out of frog fur! They rely on airy-fairy tradition fabricated from verses yanked out of context as “proof” that
God’s people must tithe! Next time some preacher appeals to Old Testament pigeon poop logic to justify the tithe, stick
strictly to “what is written”, not to some cock-eyed spin on the Old Law.
If Preach won’t listen to sense, bring him a bucket of fried chicken, since it would be too cruel to catch pigeons
in the park to roast on the church altar. If enough people did that, Preach would get so sick of KFC, he’d never again
try to milk money out of Mary’s post-partum pigeons!
used as an example was Jesus’ payment of the Temple Tax in Matt.17:24-27. This tax was required
of all Jewish males twenty years old and over (Ex.30:11-16; 38:26). When this occurred, a census was taken of all the males
The number of women was not recorded (see Num.1:45-49). Notice, this tax was NOT levied on women of any age, but only
men, as Exodus 38:26 clarifies. Preachers who salivate after a poor widow’s Social Security check should remember this!
were the Levites to be counted in the census (Num.1:49), and thus were not subject to the Temple
tax. This agrees with Ezra 7:24, which states that it shall not be lawful to impose .
It was not lawful to impose taxation upon ministers of the house of God, which scripture plainly teaches ALL true believers
are (I Cor.3:17).
who lived under the Law before He died on the Cross (see Gal.4:4) complied with the Temple
tax ordinance, for He was not a Levite. He had His (and Peter’s) Temple Tax coin taken out of the mouth of a fish who acted like preachers and gobbled up money (Matt.17:27).
This money was not taken out of stingy Judas’ money bag. Jesus didn’t
build a new plow to earn that money (75 cents’ worth). It was an unearned gift of nature! This speaks of grace, not works. Preachers forever holler about you being obligated to tithe even out of
your poverty. Jesus lived under the Law. He was a poor Man while on earth, but He didn’t pay the Temple
Tax out of His own poverty. Preachers
prefer sacrifice to mercy, but Jesus’ Temple Tax payment wasn’t even a sacrifice! We ourselves aren’t living under the
Law. We are under grace (Rom.6:14; Gal.5:18).
was collected only whenever a national census was taken. Why? To prevent a plague from breaking out (Ex.30:12). Preachers return to the harshness of the Old Law by threatening
God’s own dear children with plague and misfortune if they don’t cough up the cash. In 2 Samuel 24 a plague did
break out when King David took an unauthorized census to number the fighting men of Israel. In any case, half a shekel
was a FIXED, not proportional, sum payable by all mature Jewish males for the upkeep of their Temple. The poor didn’t give less and
the rich didn’t give more (Ex.30:15). Half a shekel (37 cents!) per year would amount to much less than ten per cent
of most people’s annual income! It wouldn’t even be missed by a rich man! This tiny sum wouldn’t even buy
a candy bar! Even that amount was mercifully reduced to one-third shekel in a
time of great national hardship (Neh. 10:32). Notice, Nehemiah says: Also WE
MADE ORDINANCES for us to charge ourselves YEARLY (not weekly) with the third
part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God.* * * *Who modified certain Mosaic ordinances in Nehemiah, God or
men? But notice the contrast. Whenever modern preachers modify the Old Law in
a dispensation of grace when we aren’t even supposed to be keeping it (see Acts 15:24), they don’t do it to be
merciful. They do it to be greedy and oppressive!
you want to apply the Temple Tax
to your life, you have to:
- Substitute the church building for the true New Covenant Temple
of the Holy Spirit, which is the body of the believer (I Cor.6:19; 2 Cor.6:16).
- Impose this tax ONLY on men 20 years old and over. Don’t hit the
ladies up for this tax, or you’re sinning against God!
- Collect it only ONCE a year, and take a church census of all males able
to go to war when you do it. Remember, God said it’s a sin to ask for more than 37 cents’ worth of church tax!
Even if you’ve got the CEO of Microsoft visiting, better not paraprhrase it into 37 grand!
- If you want to follow Jesus’ example, you must do exactly as He
did. Travel to the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Ask a friend to cast a fishhook in the water.
Tell him the first perch that takes the bait will have a coin in its mouth that’s worth 75 cents (enough tax
for two people).
- Don’t even THINK of using U.S. quarters and dimes to pay the Temple
Tax, because God wouldn’t approve of you substituting Gentile money that has pictures of American Caesars on it (Matt.22:19-21).
- Reduce the church tax to 1/3 if a shekel (2/3 of ½ of one shekel) when
a depression hits the economy. I’ve done the math and you need to come up with a whole quarter’s worth of shekel
silver! Would a greedy tithe exactor show you thirteen cents’ worth of mercy?
When camels fly!
Nehemiah, the Book of Ezra concerned the reconstruction of the Temple after the Jews began to return from exile in Babylon. Ezra frowned upon taxing God’s priests, or even the servants of the priests,
the lower-ranking Levites.
7:20: And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow (give), bestow
it out of the king’s treasure house.
21: And I, even Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river (Euphrates),
that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily.
22: Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred
baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.
23: Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should
there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?
24: Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinim (servants of the Levites),
or ministers of the house of this house of God, IT SHALL NOT BE LAWFUL TO IMPOSE TOLL, OR TRIBUTE, OR CUSTOM UPON THEM.
a heathen Old Testament king had enough fear of God in him that he declared it illegal to tax the priesthood of Israel! This Gentile king didn’t even allow anybody
to tax the servants of the lowliest Levites! Not even in a day when the Temple-rebuilding program badly needed finances! Today’s Gentile tithe teachers curse tithes out of New Covenant believers with
Malachi 3:9, cherry-picking it out of a passage specifically aimed by God at the sons of Jacob (Mal.3:6)! We aren’t mere “servants of the Levites”. We
are children of Almighty God (I John 3:1-2)! We ARE the priesthood of the New
Covenant (I Pet.5:1,9)! We pay secular taxes, but we don’t owe ANY preacher
tribute! It riles God up when preachers scare poor people with His judgment to
get money for their own lusts!
webmaster even appealed to Paul, who taught believers that they are free from the
Law. Paul likened himself to a priest serving at the altar who ought to live
off the things on the altar (I Cor. 9:13). I know today’s “church altars” hold money after the “offertory
service”, but money was never put on any Old Testament altar! Only EDIBLE things like
animal sacrifices and showbread were ever placed on the altar. When David
came to Ahimelech the priest, he asked him for some spare bread (I Sam.21:3). David didn’t ask Ahimelech for spare change. David had another kind of bread in mind.
“church altar” was an invention of the post-apostolic period, when “church” became an institution
to “go to”, like the county fair, the opera, etc. The original church met mostly in private homes. Their altar was strictly spiritual in nature, with SPIRITUAL sacrifices only offered upon it (I Pet.2:5).
was Paul after people’s money when he compared himself to an altar priest? I kind of doubt it. Also, where does Paul ever appeal for money in I Cor. chapter 9, or even mention the word “money”? If Paul wanted to introduce a doctrine, he didn’t beat around the bush. He spit it out. Paul does not even HINT
that anyone, rich or poor, should pay preachers a tenth of their wages. Paul mentions only edible things like “fruit
of the vineyard” or the “milk of the flock”. Paul was HUNGRY (II Cor.11:27). Paul wanted to eat, plain and
simple. He asks the stingy Corinthians in I Cor.9:4: Have we not power to eat
and to drink? (KJV). Or: “Don’t we even have a right to eat and drink?”
Paul wasn’t even being fed by those he ministered spiritual blessings to! How many modern preachers would preach even
one sermon at churches which didn’t at least spring for a Big Mac, even
if the people were flat broke?
REAL Biblical tithe was all about eating, not fattening the bank account of a religious organization. The true tithe of the Bible was far kinder to the poor than today’s fabricated version. Tithes were taken from the LAND, not the labor of the poor. They
fed the poor of the land, and were EATEN by the worshipper himself (Deut.14:22-24).
Only if the agricultural produce was very difficult to transport was the worshipper allowed to convert the tithed produce
into cash, and even when he did, he used it to reconvert it into food when he got to his place of worship. And it was the food of his own choice.
And thou (the worshipper) shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine,
or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt
rejoice, thou, and thine household,
flies in the face of repeated warnings from preachers NOT to eat your tithe. Why
is it that not once in all my borned days have I ever heard any preacher enforce this tithing ordinance like they do their
own twisted version of Malachi 3? The truth is, if you’re gonna observe
any of God’s old laws, you’ve gotta do it HIS way, not your way, or you’re guilty of sin in His sight. God
warns you not to add to or take away from Scripture (Deut.12:32). Preachers diminish
God’s requirements by neglecting to preach Deut.12:26. Preachers add to
God’s Word by changing the tithed commodity into money, which is never done in all of Scripture! Preacher, if you don’t let your people eat their tithe, you’re sinning against God. Worshipper, if you present tithes of money to some preacher, you’re sinning by not tithing the way
God stipulated in his Book. If you aren’t buying anything your soul lusts after to eat or drink (God said that includes
wine and strong drink) you’re breaking the tithing law! I didn’t
put that in the Bible, God did!
are embarrassed by that stipulation of the old tithing law. They’ll say
no decent Christian would ever keep that part of the tithing law and surely God wants us to apply tithing to our lives in
some form or fashion. But where did any prophet or apostle ever give modern preachers
permission to deviate from what is explicitly commanded in Scripture and make their own rules up for how to keep one of God’s
“spiritualize away” parts of scripture they can’t fit into their way of doing things. The wine and strong drink are spiritualized away as being the joy of the Holy Ghost. But it still creates the awkward question: If the worshipper used money from the sale of tithed produce
to buy more literal food and drink, then the same principle would apply today, if the preacher were right. Now, if literal money replaces the food and drink tithed by the worshipper, and the joy of the Holy Ghost
replaces the wine and strong drink, then how on earth can you spend tithe money to buy these things for your own personal
enjoyment? Sounds a little like Simon the sorcerer trying to BUY the gift of
the Holy Ghost from Peter in Acts 8:18-19. Peter didn’t agree that money
could buy spiritual blessings, and unlike today’s preachers he didn’t twist God’s Word for profit. Peter warned Simon God’s judgment was at the door for even suggesting such a
thing! Today’s preachers say just the opposite, that God will curse you and your family for not giving in to their demands
for illicit gain. Unscrupulous preachers of greed say they are the final authority and the only ones qualified to teach (twist)
the Word of God. Either you listen to them and joyfully comply with their demands
or you’re in rebellion against their self-appointed authority.
was made spiritual only, in the putting off of the evil deeds of the flesh (Col.2:11).
Observance of the Sabbath Day was made spiritual only for the Christian in making Christ our rest (Heb.4:8-10). So why don’t preachers agree that tithing is likewise not binding on the church
as an outward observance? Instead of being forced by law to provide a certain
percentage for church ministry and the needy, this should be taken care of through freewill offerings given WILLINGLY (2 Cor.9:7).
Paul had taught (and enforced) tithing, he could have dined like a king every day and never would have gone hungry. But clearly Paul did not teach his flock to tithe, or even suggest that they should! If tithing were an
important, binding doctrine, and Paul refused to teach tithing, even out of concern for Christians who were penniless slaves,
he stands guilty of gross negligence before God. But Paul says in Acts 28:27:
I have not shunned to declare unto you ALL the counsel of God.* * * If Paul ever commanded tithing under the New Covenant,
then SHOW ME THE SCRIPTURE! Distilling “deeper” doctrines out of Scriptures to make them say what they don’t
say is to preaching what “dirty tricks” was to Nixon. Only “what is written” to the Church applies
to us today.
Paul states in verse 33: I have coveted no man’s gold, or silver, or apparel.* * *
Can YOUR preacher say that?
2 Cor.12:14 Paul says: Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: FOR I SEEK NOT
YOURS, BUT YOU: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
just wanted to eat. Period. Paul plainly states in verse 18 that he glories in
sharing the Gospel free of charge. Paul didn’t dare collect tithes, not even legitimate agricultural
tithes. Paul was a Benjamite, not a Levite! Paul could not minister at the Jewish
Temple altar. But he could minister at Christ’s spiritual altar. The same can be said of us too. Tithe teachers who
seize on Paul’s altar comments to prove tithing conveniently forget we’re
also priests serving God at His altar, and may freely approach His Holy Presence in a way Old Covenant saints could not do
Preachers don’t just holler about the curse of Malachi. In
cunning craftiness (Eph.4:14) preachers play on people’s fallen nature of greed. They
yell about the blessing believers supposedly gain by submitting to this Old Covenant Law (Mal.3:10). The “windows of
heaven” WERE poured out upon faithful Old Testament tithers. But God did not promise
them a shower of diamonds, Rolexes, Jaguars, and green manna from heaven. “Windows of heaven” actually refers
to an outpouring of RAIN, like it did in Gen. 7:11. Israel was an agricultural economy. Israel’s climate was dry and sunny, so abundant rain
was badly needed. Why do so many Christians get stuck in one long “rainy
day” after returning to the Law?
Remember the last time a “friend” invited you to invest in his pyramid scheme? All you wanted
was an iron-clad guarantee that your life savings wouldn’t be wiped out by your “leap of faith”. So ask that preacher who’s pressuring you to test “God” with your rent money: “If
God doesn’t turn Malachi’s rain water into Texas
tea, are YOU gonna be the guarantor of my investment in that dead, defunct law
of Moses?” Far better to follow Christ than Moses or Malachi. Read Christ’s own words in Matt.4:7: Thou shalt not tempt (put to the test) the Lord thy God.* *
* Preachers don’t care if you disregard Jesus’ clear warnings so
long as their pastures stay green. Put God to the test so they can have the best!
webmaster admitted that there is strong evidence that tithing is NOT commanded in the New Covenant, but he resorted to that
same old tired tactic of guilt that all flustered tithe teachers use: question
the other guy’s love for Jesus. Essentially he said: “Well, tithing’s
not exactly required, but how much do you love Jesus? Don’t you love Him
enough to part with your money?”
answer to him would be: If you really loved God’s people you wouldn’t want to put the Old Law back on them to
get them to prove their love for the Jesus Who died to set them free from it. So
put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Mr. Preacher, if you want a few tithes, let’s take a closer look at YOUR family tree.
Is Levi the Levite REALLY your great-granddaddy a few hundred generations
removed? Or did you order your genealogical chart from Wannabe-Levites-R-Us?
preachers bind your spirit with threats out of the Old Testament, they’re acting like satan who refused to release his
captives out of his prison house (Isa.14:17). I don’t know about you, but if I was in a church where I felt pressured
to conform to some false, unholy, oppressive doctrine which isn’t taught Christians in the Bible, I’d make like
a tree and LEAVE!